Some 9,300 trade professionals visited the show to stock up on Christmas products
Expohogar Autumn sparked off a sense of optimism in the retail trade with a forecast rise in consumption
Expohogar Autumn once again proved to be the best introduction to seeing, touching and appreciating the new gifts, interior decoration articles, fashion jewellery and accessories that will be filling the store windows of small and medium-sized retailers in Catalonia in the last quarter of the year, especially during the Christmas season. The show, which closed yesterday at Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc exhibition centre, played host to 150 exhibitors, 8% more than in 2013, who presented more than 30,000 brand new articles. The show was visited by some 9,300 trade professionals.
The trade show reactivated retail contacts and facilitated orders in a climate of moderate optimism in view of the prospects of a rise in consumer activity. Whether from new or regular suppliers, retail professionals found a wealth of interesting products and guidance on the latest trends and ideas to complement the usual products in their stores with a range of different articles.
At this year’s edition it was noticeable that the sector’s commitment to offering quality and design at affordable prices is bearing fruit, accompanied by an improvement in the expectations of small and medium-sized retailers and specialist stores in view of the forecast consumer recovery. In this respect, Expohogar Autumn enabled visiting retailers to stock up on innovative products to address this anticipated rise in demand with a view to the coming Christmas season, the biggest sales period of the year.
Expohogar Autumn also played host to demonstrations of floral art and gift-wrapping workshops which were attended by some 400 people. The 12 sessions programmed over the four days of the event showed people how to create autumnal and Christmas-themed centrepieces from flowers, plants, fruit and materials as well as providing tips on how to improve their commercial image through packaging and gift wrapping.
The next date for the sector of gift items, interior decoration, fashion jewellery and accessories will be Expohogar Spring, held at Fira de Barcelona between 30 January and 3 February 2015.
Barcelona, 30 September 2014